The Citadel accepts national award in D.C. for work in Charleston community

  • Saturday, October 19, 2013

A national award for leading the charge to enrich the lives of others will soon adorn the hallways of one of the country’s most historic colleges. The president of The Citadel led a group from the college’s Krause School for Leadership and Ethics to an awards luncheon Monday in Washington, D.C., to accept The Washington Center 2013 Higher Education Civic Engagement Award. The award is sponsored by the New York Life Foundation.

The event took place at the National Press Club where The Citadel President Lt. General John Rosa spoke about the college’s mission.

“I am honored to accept this award on behalf of The Citadel and our Corps of Cadets, who will be better leaders for having made a difference in the lives of so many of our neighbors,” said Citadel President Lt. Gen. John W. Rosa. “At The Citadel instilling the importance of selfless service is an essential part of educating principled leaders. This award demonstrates that our students are not just learning the value of civic engagement, they are living it.”

This is the second national community service award The Citadel has received in 2013. The Citadel was named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll in the spring.

Recipients were chosen based upon their leadership and innovation in civic engagement. The Citadel’s cadets spent more than 13,000 hours in community service in the 2011-12 academic year — an estimated economic value of more than $286,000.

Sustaining the student civic engagement is the college’s commitment to service learning that begins in the freshman year and is interwoven into all four years of the Corps of Cadet curriculum as well as classes in the graduate and evening undergraduate programs. Citadel cadets participate in active partnerships with more than 36 community organizations in the Charleston area. Some examples include:

• Charleston County Schools

• Healing Farms

• Lowcountry Food Bank

• Lowcountry Orphan Relief

• Sea Island Habitat for Humanity

As part of the 2013 Higher Education Civic Engagement Award, four Citadel students will be granted scholarships to attend the Washington Center 2014 program, an internship that integrates academics with real world experience. The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars provides students with transformational experiences that foster academic and professional achievement, leadership and civic engagement.

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